United Methodist Communications links technology teams with Chief Technology Officer
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September 22, 2015
NASHVILLE: United Methodist Communications is linking its technology-related teams to develop an innovative vision that aligns technical strategies with communications ministry.
Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, has appointed Danny Mai as Chief Technology Officer. In this executive-level role, Mai will be responsible for helping to shape and implement a forward-thinking technological strategy to help achieve the agency’s goals.
Danny Mai currently leads the Technology team and has been with United Methodist Communications for 17 years. Mai earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Belmont University in Nashville.
In his new role, Mai will continue supervising the Technology team, but will also assume oversight of the Web Ministry team, led by Shelia Mayfield, and the ICT4D (Information and Communications Technology for Development) team, led by the Rev. Neelley Hicks. Connecting the three teams will strengthen the work of each.
“Integrating these three teams will help us to work more cohesively and better utilize our resources for connecting the church globally,” said Krause. “Emerging technology is such a prominent aspect of our future that it’s vital to have that voice as part of our leadership team.”
“These teams have been collaborating on various projects on a smaller scale, such as evaluating hardware and software for use in low-resource areas,” said Mai. “Coordinating our work more closely will help us to look strategically at what we can provide to the church, not just in terms of support but also evaluating technology changes and trends and implementing solutions.”
The Web Ministry team is responsible for developing, managing and supporting UMC.org, Find-A-Church.org, UMCom.org and the General Conference website, as well as collaborating with other boards and agencies to create a Web strategy and infrastructure for the entire denomination.
The Technology team provides networking and information technology services to the agency and the church. The team is also involved in the strategic planning and implementation of technology across the various agencies of the denomination.
ICT4D utilizes communications technologies to expand the church’s communication infrastructure globally, especially in developing countries by providing technology, training and best practices to help local churches implement programs that are successful and sustainable.
About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry.